First off, the music. When I saw on the second soundtrack (which, btw, is now available on iTunes and I'm listening to it right now) that the finale would feature both "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" and "Don't Rain on My Parade," I thought, "Well, I guess we know who are singing those songs." Hard to think of more obvious/perfect choices for Mercedes and Rachel, respectively, and each of them nailed it.
Smart move as well showing New Directions' Sectionals performance straight through (minus "Somebody to Love") rather than finding a way to cut it down, as not only did we get Rachel's Streisand, but the perfect song to juxtapose with Mr. Schu listening in by phone in "You Can't Always Get What You Want." Finally, after everything Will's gone through the past few episodes, "My Life Would Suck Without You" was exactly the right positive note to end on.
Next, Sue Sylvester. Top 3 moments:
1. "You can soon put revenge on the list of things you're not good at, next to marriage, leading a high school glee club, and having a hairstyle that doesn't make you look like a lesbian."
2. "You are about to board the Sue Sylvester express. Destination: horror."
3. Shoving kids out of her path in the hallway out of anger.
Finally, most of the major sources of drama from the first half of the season came to a head. Finn found out that Puck's the father of Quinn's baby. Will left Terri. Emma chose Will over Coach Ken. Sue was taken off the Cheerios and suspended from the school. And best of all, Will was re-instated as head of New Directions. Between Sue's vow to take glee club down even harder, Will and Emma's new direction, and the road to regionals (paved with Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel!) the second half of the season's looking to be just as satisfying as the first. The countdown to April begins now.